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Cosmo Victor Lionti
December 13, 1933 ~ February 16, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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On February 16, 2023 Cosmo Victor Lionti was reunited with his beloved wife, Philomena, and adoring
son, Vincent in eternal life. He leaves behind his devoted daughter, Kathryn, her husband Colin Byrne,
Vincent’s widow, Kristin, grandson Nicholas and many nieces and nephews. He is also predeceased by his parents and siblings. Cosmo was born on December 13, 1933 in Rochester, NY. His love of music began when he was young student in the Rochester Public School system. He earned a BA from the Eastman School of Music and a MA from Catholic University of America where he met his wife when he was registering for a class. Philomena was taking his information and mentioned that her brother’s name was also Cosmo. The following Sunday, they saw each other at church and an engagement quickly followed!
Cosmo was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps Band and was stationed in Washington, D.C. performing at White House events during the Eisenhower administration. As an equally accomplished violinist and violist, Cosmo was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony and the Greenwich Symphony.
Maestro Lionti was a lifelong mentor and inspiration to many musicians as a teacher, conductor and performer. He taught music at Hartford High School, Kent State University, White Plains High School and Westchester Community College. His longtime roots in Westchester County resulted in him being an integral part of the Aaron Copland Music and Arts Camp, the Westchester Youth Symphony and the Camerata Chamber Players.
Cosmo’s involvement in music brought him endless joy. The memories he had of time spent at rehearsals and performances were some of his happiest ones. The Lionti household should always be remembered as one full of love and music.
Visitation will be 4-8PM on Sunday February 19, 2023 at Craft Memorial Home, Inc.